May we introduce you to the donkeys and mules who live at El Paraiso:-
Lola is Añes best friend. She's a friendly, middle-aged and handsome donkey without any hoof or leg problems.
Lola (formerly Cuca) spent two consecutive years in the Donkey Paradise with her daughter Mini Maggie. When it was time for them to go back to their owners, a bear appeared in their village and the donkeys then decided that they preferred to stay forever! They feel happy here with all the other donkeys.
Mini Maggie Mini Maggie (formerly Rebecca) lives here with her mother Lola and she is inseparable from our young male, Roco.
In a small coastal village lived a lonely donkey in a big meadow. His name was Pelayo like the Asturian hero who beat the Moors, long ago. Pelayo had been left behind when his owner moved to an old people´s home and nobody took care of him. On arrival his hooves measured more than 40 cms long and he could hardly move.
Jane is an elderly female donkey who narrowly escaped a cruel fate. She is rather small, but has a mighty strong and easily recognizable bray. She had not been taken care of well and was in a rather bad state when she came here. It was love at first sight between Pelayo and Jane.
Balthazar arrived in early June, 2017 and is a donkey of royal stature. He swapped city life for life in the countryside and living alone for being a member of the group. He is more relaxed every day and very happy with the change.
Charlotte came from Leon province. She arrived in the summer of 2016 and is around 16 years of age. She is a rather quiet donkey with a very sweet nature. She has severe laminitis. At the moment we are treating her legs against biting flies and applying ointment to small sores and so she is wearing trousers during the day to keep the flies away.
Ayla Ayla is one of five donkeys rescued in April 2016 from very poor conditions.
Cora Cora is one of five donkeys rescued in April 2016 from very poor conditions.
Marieke Marieke is one of five donkeys rescued in April 2016 from very poor conditions.
Rebecca Rebecca is one of five donkeys rescued in April 2016 from very poor conditions.
Yoni Yoni is one of five donkeys rescued in April 2016 from very poor conditions.
Roco arrived here in early September 2015. He is very young, rather shy and extremely cuddly – he looks rather like a small furry bear. Rosie has taken on the role of foster mother.
Miche is a very friendly donkey who was abandoned in Gijon near to the coast. He is quite young and strong. He has already broken down a fence in order to get to the females!
Kai is a handsome, very white, donkey who came here after his previous owner sadly died and there was no-one else to look after him.
Eeyore and Fyona were in adoption to a young couple who loved them dearly. Unfortunately, they had to move away and could not take the donkeys with them and so these two ladies will now live with our donkey family.
Alfredo - arrived in August 2014. He was rescued after having been seen, by friends of the donkeys, on a very hot day without water or food. His hooves are in a very poor condition.
Burri y Burribu are mother and daughter. The previous owner bought Burri at a cattle market because she pitied the little shy and timid donkey with the skin wounds and took good care of her. Later, she invited a handsome male donkey to visit and a year later, Burribu was born. Now, eight years later (2015), the two are inseparable.
Carino is a friendly fellow who is rather shy and prefers to stay a little away from the other donkeys at the moment.
Chulo - also sometimes called teddybear, is the loveliest little fellow of a donkey – he looks young but isn’t and he worked very hard all his life!
Elfie the mule joined us in March 2015. She is very old and worked all her life. Now she can enjoy her retirement here at the Donkey Paradise and, for the first time in her life, she has a name (she used to be called only Mula or Mule)
Fito is one of the youngest of our donkeys. He is a beautiful, big and sturdy fellow with a white coat and he is very friendly.
Flora is a stately 25+-year-old lady donkey. She is tall, white and handsome. Sadly one of her hooves is in a very bad condition.
Frodo You would have thought Calimero had a younger brother a little whiter than him ... ...Well, who knows?? Anyway, Frodo is big and strong and still not very old. He still doesn't trust us touching him, but is getting better every day and he likes to take a walk every now and then with one of the volunteers.
Maggie we call "Munchy Maggie" because she is crazy about food and even wants to jump into the trough when she is waiting for her food. When she wants to enter the stable, she justs kicks onto the door until we come running to let her in.
A small black donkey with a rather fat neck - that is our Pepa. She arrived here in 2013 and should have lost a little more weight than she actually has but she loves to eat and is ravenous!
Romeo is our youngest donkey. He is the son of Cuka and is very playful.
Tobias used to be a farmhand until his boss retired. He is lovely, very handsome and one of the youngest of our donkeys.
Wikke arrived here in the same wagon as Maggie and since then she has followed Maggie around as if she were her Guardian Angel. She used to be very shy but not she can be touched, just a little, before running away to hide.
Willem was about to be sent to the slaughterhouse but now he can spend the rest of his life relaxing with his friends at the Donkey Paradise. He joined us in March 2015.
Xana is a lovely, rather timid lady donkey who will give birth very soon. We are looking forward to that moment with great excitement.
Franka was born in August 2015. She is the daughter of Xana and is the first donkey to be born at the Paraiso del Burro. We are very proud of her.
Strong, self-willed, stubborn and always hungry: Yara is a very lively and wonderful female donkey.
With love and respect we commemorate the donkeys that lived in 'El Paraíso' for sometime, but sadly passed away: Lynny Kyan Matyas Rosie, Kees, Nino, Jelle, Juliette, Grietje, Marcelo, Ricky, Jip, Marco, Lyka, Pablo, Caoimhe, Catherina, Rayo, Hannah, Samy, Platero, Gazpacho, Rubio, Pancho, Luckyluke, Norbert, Leo, Joep, Nico, Alex, Calimero, Cuka, Frieda Thera, Klaar, Bella, Iejorr, Rémy,
Video: Dinnertime at the Donkey Paradise